Board of Directors

Compass is governed by a Board of Directors. We operate a Unitary Board structure which allows us to combine the knowledge and scrutiny of Non-Executive Directors, drawn from senior positions in the public and private sectors, with the operational experience of representative members of the Senior Management Team.

Non Executive Directors

Claire Wesley - Chair

Claire is a solicitor for Deloitte and has worked with a variety of UK and international businesses in all aspects of share/bonus plan advisory work. Since 2003, Claire has also been a School Governor at St Peter’s School in York and leads on the School’s response to the Charity Commission’s requirement to demonstrate “public benefit” as part of incorporation process. With this work, Claire is also involved with the corporate outreach programme to secondary schools and mentors children from deprived backgrounds.

Dr David Webster

David has a background in clinical research and marketing. He was Managing Director of the UK and Irish Divisions of Smith and Nephew, a corporate member and spokesman for the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industries (ABPI) and a Council member of the Association of British Healthcare Industries (ABHI). He has been an adviser and mentor on bio-science projects within several Yorkshire Universities and was joint founder of a start-up bio-science company in Leeds. He was a member of the NICE Appeal Panel for 13 years and a non-executive director of the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust. Dr Webster continues as a member of the Independent Review Panel for Borderline Medicines within the MHRA and is a Magistrate sitting in Courts within the Humber and South Yorkshire judicial area.

Claire Wood

Claire is a retired nurse with 37 years experience in the NHS, which included 12 years as an Executive Nurse in both Acute and Primary Care Trusts and 2 ½ years as the Chief Executive of the East Riding of Yorkshire Primary Care Trust. She is educated to Masters level in Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care. Since October 2008, Claire has been appointed to a number of voluntary roles in the Public Sector.

Ann Biddle

Ann is a Programme and Operational Manager specialising in leading on NHS, Judicial and local government change management projects. Able to demonstrate significant experience and success in senior level consultancy, consistently delivering initiatives on time and within budget. Adept at applying a sensitive and pragmatic style when negotiating and promoting the benefits of Ministerial level change management initiatives particularly where commercial and operational imperatives conflict. 

Alan Begg

Alan is a recently retired corporate executive director, finance professional, and former trustee, experienced in the private, not-for-profit, and the charity sector, (which led on the disability, young adult and elderly agendas), in commercial organisations and public bodies created under Royal Charter. ACCAB qualified accountant who has acted as Chief Executive, Accounting Officer and Senior Information Risk Owner with in-depth knowledge of corporate governance, risk management, strategic development and audit committee protocols. 

Brodie Clark

Brodie holds a range of public sector, charity and private sector portfolios including managing his own consultancy business which specialises in security and risk management.   He also works with the Carers Trust as a voluntary business mentor, providing support and advice to charities within the extensive Trust Network.  Brodie maintains a mentoring and advisory role with senior staff at Cambridge University (Institute of Criminology) specifically on prison issues and he is an Associate with Just Solutions International, a commercial arm of the Ministry Of Justice, which provides a consultancy service to foreign governments on providing advice on prison and criminal justice reform implementation. Brodie was awarded the CBE in 2010 for his work on Securing the UK Border.

Peter Webster 

After spending over 20 years in the pharmaceutical, food and textile industries, where he held several senior management positions, Peter took over the post of Managing Director for the UK operations of a German lubricant manufacturer, which he held for over 20 years.

During that time, Peterobtained a Masters degree in Company Direction at Leeds Metropolitan University and went on to become one of the first holders of the Institute of Directors’ Chartered Director qualification. Peter maintains an active role with the IoD locally, as a member of its Regional Committee for Yorkshire & Humberside, and nationally.

Peter retired from his executive role at the end of March 2016 but retains a non-executive position with his former employer as well as running his own business and executive coaching business. His appointment as a non-executive director of Compass from May 2016 partially fulfils his desire to take on a small number of selected positions  with not-for-profit organisations where his extensive experience and governance skills may be beneficial.  

Executive Directors

Steve Hamer OBE (Chief Executive and Executive Director)

Steve is Chief Executive of Compass, has an MA in Social Policy and has been working in the drug treatment field since 1979. Before joining Compass in 1986 as its first employee, Steve worked in residential rehabilitation and also helped to develop the UK’s first dedicated resettlement service for drug using prisoners. In 2005, he was awarded the OBE for services to problem drug users. Since joining Compass in 1986 as its first employee, Steve has guided the organisation through its many stages of development, to become one of the UK’s leading drug treatment providers.

Rachel Bundock (Director of Children & Young People's Services and Executive Director)

Rachel has a BA Hons and during her study years was a regular volunteer counsellor at a local drug and alcohol advice service in Leicester. Rachel began working for Compass in 1999 and during her early years worked as a substance misuse practitioner both within the custodial and community setting working specifically with young offenders and juveniles, progressing to managing over 20 CARAT prison teams in the East and West Midlands. Since 2002 Rachel has led on the design, development and delivery of Compass young people’s services and now oversees the Children and Young Peoples portfolio and is an Executive member of the Board of Directors.

Mark Roberts  (Director of Finance, Company Secretary, Executive Director) 

A Chartered Accountant with a wide range of experience in both the private and voluntary sector. Over his career Mark has worked in a variety of organisational positions using his financial and general management skills to drive change and improve financial results. Since 2007 Mark has held Finance Director roles in the not for profit sector initially with an 11-18 Academy school and more recently with Compass. He successfully builds on his experience built in the private sector to meet the differing priorities of the not for profit sector.  

Senior Management Team

Kim Jones (HR Director)

Kim is a Chartered Member of the CIPD, has a BSc(Hons) in Psychology and a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. Kim has worked in senior HR roles for the last 9 years in private and voluntary sectors spanning SMEs and corporate organisations. Pragmatic and commercial in approach, Kim has operated in fast paced environments with significant transformation agendas and has a proven track record in leading and delivering a consistent and robust HR service. Kim’s key skills include performance and talent management, change management and leadership development.

Jo O’Connor (Assistant Director Young Peoples Services)

Jo has worked in the health and social care sector since graduating from university with a BSc in Psychology in 2003. Having spent 18 months working with adults with enduring mental health conditions, Jo embarked upon her career in the substance misuse field in 2004, as a CARAT worker in a young offenders’ institution. Over the last ten years Jo has worked in both custodial and community settings across adult and young peoples’ treatment services, as a skilled practitioner and manager. Jo contributed to the management team at Compass taking on key organisational functions including New Psychoactive Substances lead, CEOP Ambassador and Designated Lead for Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults. Having demonstrated her ability and commitment to the field and to Compass, Jo was promoted to Assistant Director in July 2014. 

Kerry McKay (Assistant Director National services)

Kerry has worked in the substance misuse field since 2000 in both custody and community settings with adults and young people.

Kerry has a degree in psychology, a post graduate diploma in addictive behaviour from St. George’s Medical School London and RCGP Parts 1 &2 in Drug Misuse. 

Kerry has a held a number of management and senior management positions in both the prison service and Compass for thirteen years, implementing new services and projects such as IDTS, Drug System Change pilot, Coventry Early Intervention Service and North Yorkshire Risk Taking behaviour service.

She has held her position as Assistant Director within Compass for the past 2 years and is currently leading on Audit, Incident and SUI management for the organisation.

Jessica Thompson (Assistant Director Adult Directorate)

Jessica worked with children as a SENCO assistant in a school after graduating and  moved in to Social Care in 2003 with experience in  housing, homelessness, substance misuse and Criminal Justice services with both adults and Young People. Jessica has a BSC (Hons) in Psychology and RCGP Level 1 in drug misuse.

Jessica has held a number of Management positions in substance misuse within a community setting  managing Criminal Justice, Young people’s, Clinical and Counselling services. Jessica has experience in setting up new projects and trouble shooting underperforming services developing them to the required standard.

Jessica has worked for Compass for 5 years joining as service manager of a large integrated community Prescribing service and was promoted to Assistant director holding the position for the past year. Jessica is the Safeguarding Adults lead and CQC nominated individual for Compass.

Maggie Clarke (Assistant Director Healthy Child Programme)

Maggie is a registered children’s nurse and worked in children’s oncology before becoming a school nurse in 2001. She has a specialist community public health nurse degree and in 2015 was made a Queens Nurse.  Prior to joining Compass in 2016 Maggie worked as a clinical lead for Health Visiting and School Nursing and as a professional lead for the School Nursing team in Leicestershire.

Maggie has worked at national and regional levels including a secondment to Public Health England as a School Nurse advisor raising the profile of School Nursing and presenting a clear service model to commissioners. Maggie is committed to working collaboratively with young people to enable and empower them to meet their health needs and has a special interest in transformational and digital services for young people including text messaging and web based health provision. She is a founder member of the ‘We School Nurses’ Twitter community.  

Maggie is an active member of the national School and Public Health Nurses Association (SAPHNA) executive committee and represents them locally and nationally.

Jane Hughes (Operations Director for Specialist Services)

Jane has an MBA and is a Chartered Manager with over 20 years’ experience in health and social care in the voluntary sector. She has also volunteered as a trustee for local charities. Her early career in the private sector provided her with commercial skills which have been invaluable in responding to changes in the voluntary sector. Jane started as a Service Manager in a young people’s sexual health service and for the last 14 years has held senior management roles including Director of Operations and Director or Business Development. Other responsibilities have included roles as organisational Safeguarding Lead and Caldicott Guardian.

Jane has designed innovative service models responding to the needs of service users and established integrated sexual health, emotional health and wellbeing and substance misuse services with specialist partners. She has led and managed a wide range of services across the UK driving continuous quality improvement with a focus on achieving improved outcomes for those using the services. Jane joined Compass in 2017.